2012 Presidential Caucus

In early 2012, both the Democratic and the Republican Parties will hold their presidential caucuses in Nevada. Members of the respective parties will meet with other registered voters within their precinct to determine their preferred presidential candidate and thereby award delegates to the candidates. These meetings are open to the public, but only registered voters of the respective party may participate in the selection process.

The Secretary of State plays a limited role in the caucus process. A caucus is governed by rules established by a political party. The Secretary of State's office will provide both parties with the official registration file for the allocation of delegates, assist both of the parties in ensuring that any applicable federal and state election laws are enforced, and insure that all eligible voters who qualify pursuant to the respective political party rules have the ability to participate. 

Donkey DEMOCRATS                                                                                                                             
Saturday, January 21, 2012

Detailed Caucus Information: n/a

Eligible Participants: Open to all registered Democrats. If you are not already registered but eligible to vote, you may complete a registration form and participate on the day of the caucus. If you will be 18 by November 6, 2012 and are otherwise eligible to vote, you may participate in the caucus.

Caucus Locations: TBA

: 11:30 a.m. 

Basic Caucus Process: Caucus participants will indicate which candidate they support. The precinct caucus chair will then announce which candidates have the most support and which candidates do not have enough support to meet the "viability" threshold. Caucus participants who support a candidate who is not viable and has not met the threshold of support to continue will then realign themselves with their second choice candidate. Based on the size of the presidential preference groups in support of one candidate or another, the delegates to the county convention are apportioned.

Absentee Voting: Not permitted

elephant REPUBLICANS                                                                                                                            
Saturday, February 4, 2012

Detailed Caucus Information: n/a 

Eligible Participants: If you are currently registered as a Republican in Nevada, you are eligible to participate. If you are a new resident to Nevada or if you are planning to change your party affiliation to Republican, you will need to register on or before January 20, 2012 to participate in the precinct caucuses.

Also, if you are 17 years old and will be 18 years old on or before November 6, 2012, you will be welcome to participate when you register as a Republican.

Caucus Locations: TBA

Sign-In: Contact your local county Republican Party for your county’s start times.

Basic Caucus Process: To participate you must show one of the following: a Nevada-issued driver license or a Nevada-issued ID card, or a federal-issued passport or military photo ID. After everyone has signed in, the caucus will start.

The caucus will begin by electing a caucus chair and secretary. These two people will be in charge of running the precinct caucus. Generally the local county volunteers that called the meeting to order are elected by voice vote. After that, there will be an election of delegates and alternate delegates from your precinct caucus to the county convention in March. Delegates have the right to vote at the county convention. And each delegate has an alternate delegate who will vote in their place in case they are unable to attend the county convention.

Each precinct caucus will be allocated a certain number of delegates and alternates. Anyone may run as a delegate or as an alternate delegate, and the individuals who receive the most votes are elected to represent the caucus at the county convention. Most people vote for delegates and alternate delegates who support the same candidate that they do. It’s the most important part of the caucus, and we’ll explain why a little later.

After that, the caucus chair will ask if anyone wants to submit, in writing, an issue to be considered in the county platform. The platform is a document that expresses the beliefs and values of the county party. Issues submitted at the precinct caucus are debated and voted on at the county convention in March, and those that pass become part of the official county platform.

Once all platform issues have been submitted, the presidential candidate’s speeches will be given. The speeches are a way for the candidates to tell everyone attending why they should have their support. After each of these short speeches, we will all cast our vote in the Presidential Preference Poll using paper ballots. Once all of the ballots have been turned in, the Caucus Chair will read aloud the result to everyone. The whole process takes about 30 minutes.

Absentee Voting: Absentee voting is only available to members of the military, and the dependents, stationed outside of the county in which they are registered to vote, on the day of the caucus.